Lawrence Edward Tafoya

Tafoya

Carter Weaver, Georgetown County Sheriff, announced the arrest of a Murrells Inlet man today on charges of child pornography.

Deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office took Lawrence Edward Tafoya, 63, of Murrells Inlet, a registered sex offender, into custody. Tafoya was charged with one count of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center, pending a bond hearing.

On Sept. 19, 2019, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division received a tip about an individual who was possibly in possession of child pornography. Agents with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole, while performing a routine search of a parolee’s cell phone, observed what they believed to be child pornography.

The device was seized and transferred to custody of the sheriff’s office, where certified forensic examiners were able to analyze and extract its contents. The search uncovered dozens of digital files depicting minor children in a state of sexually explicit nudity.

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